El Centro, CA
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El Centro is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 43,956 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, El Centro is the 194th largest community in California.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, El Centro is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, El Centro is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in El Centro who work in sales jobs (13.11%), office and administrative support (12.20%), and teaching (7.91%).

The percentage of adults in El Centro with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.83% of adults in El Centro have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in El Centro in 2010 was $18,463, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,852 for a family of four. However, El Centro contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

El Centro is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call El Centro home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in El Centro, accounting for 82.41% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of El Centro residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in El Centro include Irish, English, Italian, and Swiss.

Foreign born people are also an important part of El Centro's cultural character, accounting for 34.02% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in El Centro is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.